According to reports in the UK’s Guardian, the Taliban leader in Pakistan, Hakimullah Mehsud, survived an American drone strike in January and is alive and well, according to a senior official with Pakistan’s Inter Services Intelligence agency.
Mehsud was reported to have died in a CIA drone strike in South Waziristan in January but, although Pakistan’s interior minister claimed he had been killed, the death was never confirmed by either US or Pakistani intelligence.
Today the senior intelligence official said he had seen video footage of the missile attack on Mehsud but other intelligence had since confirmed the insurgent leader survived. He declined to elaborate further.
“He is alive,” said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity. “He had some wounds but he is basically OK.”